Covid: Stereophonics Cardiff gigs postponed amid Omicron concerns

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The sold out shows at the Principality Stadium would have seen Sir Tom Jones support the Stereophonics

Two Stereophonics gigs planned for December have been postponed amid growing concerns about the new Omicron variant of Covid.

The band were due to perform at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on 17 and 18 December.

They will now join Sir Tom Jones, and Catfish and The Bottlemen, next June.

The stadium and the band's promoters said an indoor event was "impossible to run safely" as the threat of new variants emerge.

It comes as five cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed in Wales, with the Welsh government expecting a "formidable wave" of cases to peak by the end of January.

The Libertines have also cancelled their gig in the Welsh capital on 9 December, which was due to take place at Cardiff University's Students' Union.

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Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones had said previously he wanted to do "something we can celebrate"

The Cynon Valley band were criticised for playing the two gigs on the same weekend a Welsh rugby match was postponed due to concerns over the emerging virus.

After the gig, the band's sound engineer said it "wasn't our call" for the band to call off their own gig, as it was a decision for the authorities.

At the time, the Welsh government said the "clear public health advice was that cancelling mass gatherings was not required".

However, just days later all mass gatherings were banned as Wales entered its first Covid lockdown.

The Welsh government's latest advice for concert halls came in on 15 November and highlighted "reasonable measures" venues should take.

These measures include use of face coverings, requiring proof of Covid passes, preventing crowding and keeping the premises clean.

Following the announcement today made by the Principality Stadium & Kilimanjaro Live, unfortunately the shows in Cardiff on the 17th and 18th December have had to be been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and they will now take place on the 17th & 18th June 2022…

— stereophonics (@stereophonics) December 8, 2021

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The Principality Stadium said it had been working with promoters Kilimanjaro Live to deliver the Stereophonics' shows and had sought clarification from the Welsh government following its latest guidance.

They said in a statement, although they were "regretful" about rescheduling the shows, they had taken the "proactive" decision in order to comply with Welsh law and guidance.

"We are taking this decision now to ensure fans have the maximum time possible to alter their plans accordingly," a joint statement said.

"We apologise to all fans, artists, and their crews for any inconvenience caused, but we look forward to being back with a 'We'll Keep a Welcome' in June next year."

Despite rescheduling the gigs to 17 and 18 June, fans have been reassured all tickets for the original shows will remain valid.

"All ticket purchasers will get an email from their point of purchase confirming the ticket transfer," it added.

"Any customers who cannot attend the new dates should contact their point of purchase."

Stereophonics, Sir Tom Jones and Catfish and The Bottlemen will all still be performing at the June 2022 shows.

The Stereophonics said they were disappointed at postponing the December performances but were looking forward to the shows next summer.

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